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Ella Mawson

By Ella
On: 30th November, 2020

Where the Wild Things Are: Our Favourite Wildlife Experiences Around the World

  • British Columbia
  • Churchill
  • Iceland
  • Romania
  • Portugal
  • Tanzania
  • Guyana

One of the best things about travel is the full spectrum of experiences on offer. There are city tours and cooking classes for those who crave culture; riding safaris and kayaking excursions for the adrenaline junkies; and then there are the wildlife experiences which can include everything…

Woman in Bali

By Ella
On: 25th November, 2020

Boycott Black Friday... (and Celebrate Green Friday Instead)

Sick of endless Black Friday emails, ads and pop-ups? Ticked off as to why the UK has even picked up this Thanksgiving-specific consumer culture from our American friends in the first place? Us too. That's why we're boycotting Black Friday and celebrating Green Friday instead. In short,…

By Ella
On: 16th November, 2020

The Science of Anticipation: Why Travel is Good for You

The winter months ahead may look a little bleak, but with news of a potential vaccine, it feels like there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel. We know how to make that light a little brighter still. We've always been interested in the psychology of travel, and in particular the…

By Ella
On: 19th October, 2020

Simply Starstruck: The Best Stargazing Destinations in the World

  • Australia
  • India
  • Chile
  • Norway
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand

I'm no Professor Brian Cox, and I'm not about to start banging on about antimatter, circumstellar discs and magellanic clouds (although they all sound marvellous), but there are few greater feelings than the sense of wonderment that comes with tipping your head back and gazing up at the…

By Ella
On: 12th October, 2020

Hit the Road: The Best Hiking Holidays Around the World

  • Zambia
  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • The Dolomites
  • Vietnam
  • Corsica

We're all for a relaxing holiday packed with pampering spa treatments and lazy beach days, but sometimes an active adventure in nature is just what the doctor ordered. In fact, a recent study from Trinity College, Dublin, found that a regular dose of 'awe' helps boost healthy emotions such…

By Ella
On: 5th October, 2020

Time to Reconnect: The Benefits of Authentic Travel

  • Norway
  • Australia
  • Tanzania
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Transylvania
  • Mongolia
  • Buenos Aires & the Pampas
  • Brazil

We are living in an age of convenience with a world of technology, information and services at our fingertips. The benefit? Life is far easier. The downside? We end up feeling utterly disconnected from the world around us. Reconnect travel is about pressing pause on the madness of modern…

By Ella
On: 10th September, 2020

Our Favourite Wellbeing Holidays

  • Japan
  • The Indian Himalayas
  • The Dolomites
  • Italian Lakes
  • New Zealand
  • Namibia

Wellbeing holidays can mean something different to each of us. Maybe it's a stay in a serene beach resort that leaves you feeling perfectly pampered or a getaway in nature that gives you the chance to unwind and disconnect. Perhaps it's a glamorous getaway for one that you've been craving or…

woman tram lisbon

By Ella
On: 28th August, 2020

A Month in Lisbon: The Luxury of Long Holidays

  • Lisbon

In the era of budget flights and short-haul adventures, weekend getaways have never been easier. While we're big fans of those espresso-style Big Short Breaks for when you're short on time, there's something wonderfully luxurious about long holidays. More time in a destination means more…

Green park with flowers Amsterdam

By Ella
On: 21st August, 2020

Our Little Green Book: The Most Environmentally "Green" Cities in Europe

  • Lisbon
  • Copenhagen
  • Amsterdam
  • Stockholm
  • Berlin

What comes to mind when you think of green travel? Huge swathes of lush rainforest filled with all manner of exotic creatures? Pristine waterways without a single cruise ship in sight? How about a busy city filled with people and skyscrapers? Probably not the latter. While we're big…

couple snorkelling

By Ella
On: 21st July, 2020

Best Snorkelling Destinations in the World

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Gozo
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • The Belizean Coast
  • Grenada
  • Maldives
  • Seychelles
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • Egypt
  • Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

There's a lot to love about snorkelling: it's suitable for all ages and abilities, requires little equipment and offers the chance to see a multitude of marine species closer to the surface. From the colourful reefs of Belize and Indonesia to the first underwater sculpture park in Grenada,…